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Here comes Santa Claus!  Here comes Santa Claus!  Right down Broadway!!!

Don’t miss a minute of the family friendly festivities this weekend as Frankfort ramps up with it’s Christmas Celebration!  Capital Living will be out and about and all over Frankfort this weekend as parades, parties and lights transform the area.

Capital Living Covers Frankfort’s Social Scene…BE SEEN By Capital Living!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Logo11:30 am – Ribbon Cutting for Hassan ConsultFrankfort Area Chamber office, The Frankfort Area Chamber is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new chamber member Hassan Consult at the Chamber office.  Come out and help us support this new business and new chamber member. For more information about membership in the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber office at 502-223-8261.

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Wine Tasting, at Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway. Info: 352-2600

6:00 – 9:00 pm – Lighting of the Trace, Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Put on the mittens and the scarves, for Jolly Old St. Nick will be making his appearance soon at Buffalo Trace Distillery!  The holidays come to Buffalo Trace Distillery on Thursday evening, December 5th, with the fifteenth annual “Lighting of the Trace,” featuring a brand new light display that you will be jumping to see!

This wonderful evening of holiday cheer, refreshments, carols, and a visit from “the jolly old man” himself will have some special elements to celebrate the milestone year.  Beginning at 6 p.m., a special candlelight tour of the Distillery will start, featuring carolers from the choir at Kentucky State University along the tour route.

Then, at 7 p.m., the crowd will help the KSU choir welcome Santa Claus as he rides in on Buffalo Trace’s vintage 1964 fire truck as Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Trace Distillery, presses the “magic button” that will light up thousands of lights across the Distillery.

Directly following the Lighting ceremony there will be pictures with Santa Claus in the Clubhouse as the KSU choir sings more holiday carols. Cookies will also be served along with hot chocolate to keep you warm.

If you are unable to make it to the Lighting, Santa will return to the distillery Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Santa in the George T. Stagg Gallery, located behind the Gift Shop. Visitors are also invited to drive through the Distillery grounds nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. December 6th through January 1st.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Webb at 502-696-5929 or sarah.webb@buffalotrace.com

All activities are free and family friendly.  Info: www.buffalotracedistillery.com/events

6:30 pm – What Really Happened at Pearl Harbor?, The Paul Sawyier Publc Library,  Since that “day of infamy” in 1941, no less than nine investigations have   attempted to get at the facts determining how the  Japanese managed to surprise the American Navy. One  fact is that Husband E. Kimmel was in command of the  Pacific Fleet on that December morning and subsequently   took the brunt  of the blame. Join Kentucky author Ronald Elliott, as he chronicles Admiral Kimmel’s rise through the  ranks, presents some of the lesser-known aspects of the attack, and highlights Kimmel’s side of the story.  319 Wapping St., Info: 352-2665

6:30 – 7:30 pm – Our Beloved Ghost Tours of Liberty Hall, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Join us for a candlelight tour of Frankfort’s most famous “haunted” house, Liberty Hall. Guests will be guided through the house where they will learn about death, mourning rituals and Victorian spiritualism in the 19th century. Guests will learn all about “our beloved ghost,” The Gray Lady of Liberty Hall, and explore her origins and legacy. The origins of other “haunting” stories from the 217 year-old mansion will also fill the night.  The newly-opened “Gray Lady’s” bedroom will be included in the tour.   This is a new event.  More tour dates will be scheduled for 2014.   Tickets are $10 per person, and space is limited to 20 participants for each tour.  Guests must be 12 years or older to participate.   For more information, visit Liberty Hall Historic Site on Facebook or call 502-227-2560.

6:30 pm – Open Jam Session, Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 West Broadway

6:30 pm – Genealogy Workshop: Genealogy Tech Toys, Martin F. Schmidt Library at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W Broadway. FREE workshop. Register at 564-1792 ext. 4460.

7:00 pm – Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, It’s rumored that there are more spirits at the Distillery than those aging in barrels. You will hear legendary stories and get a look at some of the Distillery’s most haunted areas, including Stony Point Mansion, where it’s been said that the ghost of Col. Blanton still resides. FREE.  Reservations are required for this tour.  113 Great Buffalo Trace, Reservations: 696-5926

7:30 pm – Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Play”, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street. Tickets: $15 and $12. Info:  352-7469.

Video DJ, on the big screen TV’s at The Brick Alley, 325 St. Clair. Info: 875-2559.

Friday, December 6, 2013

9:00 am – 5:00 pm –  New Leash on Life Thrift StoreShop for the Animals, 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – The works of Diane Tesler, featuring new oils & gouache painting at Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St. Tuesday- Saturday, Info: 223-2649

Ribbon Cutting Logo11:30 am – Ribbon Cutting for SearsSears Store, The Frankfort Area Chamber is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new chamber member Sears.  Come out and help us support this new business and new chamber member. For more information about membership in the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber office at 502-223-8261.

Pilates, 11:45 am – 12:25 pm Yamuna Body Rolling, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Please pre-register for body rolling with Marcie Wingfield Shanks at arcieshanks@gmail.com) at the Frankfort Yoga Studio, 306 W Main St, 3rd floor. Info: 227-3276

12:00 – 2:00 pm – “Sax Lunch Special”, Rhonda Gauthier Fine Art Gallery, presenting music by SAMMY COULTER.  Hear Sammy sing and play sax, view original oil painting by Rhonda Gauthier. Bring your lunch and a friend! Visit the Gallery for Christmas gifts of archival prints and/or Original oil paintings. 115 Bridge St. Info: 320-3856.

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Wine Tasting, at Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway. Info: 352-2600

5:00 – 8:00 pm – Opening Reception for Fire and IceCapital Gallery, 314 Lewis Street. Info: 223-2649.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – First Friday @ Kennydid (in Midway), Kennydid Gallery presents “The Way We See It”: Drawings by the Young Women of Midway College.  First Friday reception featuring music by Chris Bowling with hot cider and cookies!  Everyone is invited!  137 E. Main St., next door to the Grey Goose, Midway, KY

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Live Music for “Sip & Savor” Fridays, (502) 352-9400.

7:00 pm – Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, It’s rumored that there are more spirits at the Distillery than those aging in barrels. You will hear legendary stories and get a look at some of the Distillery’s most haunted areas, including Stony Point Mansion, where it’s been said that the ghost of Col. Blanton still resides. FREE.  Reservations are required for this tour.  113 Great Buffalo Trace, Reservations: 696-5926

7:30 pm – Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Play”, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street. Tickets: $15 and $12. Info:  352-7469.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

8:30 am – Couch to 5K running group, Downtown Frankfort.  Contact Linda for more info at forword@fewpb.net

9:00 am – 3:00 pm –  New Leash on Life Thrift StoreShop for the Animals, 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Elephants for Charity Workshop, The Woolery, In 2012 Joplin, MO was struck by a devastating tornado. Cee Cee knit elephants and used the toys to bring a bit of joy to the children there. Cee Cee and her mother BeLinda will show you how to knit the elephants that  started it all. Will be accepting donations of any type of toys for Kids Need to ReadReserve your spot at 352-9800. $10  (Please bring 50 to 100 yards of any weight  yarn and a pair of knitting needles 2 sizes smaller than recommended for your yarn weight.), 315 St. Clair St.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Kynect Open Enrollment, Kynect navigators from Bluegrass Community Action will be on hand to help patrons enroll at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. Free of charge, no appointment necessary. Info: 352-2665.

Jaycees Christmas Parade 2013

10:30 am – 65th Annual Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade, Downtown Frankfort, featuring Santa, the KSU Band and so much more! For more information, visit www.FrankfortKYJaycees.com

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Make and Take Ornaments, Kentucky Employees Credit Union, “Make and Take” ornaments with Josephine Sculpture Park at the Kentucky Employees Credit Union – Don’t miss Santa.

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11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Christmas Market and Brunch to Benefit the Simon House, Frankfort Country Club, Enjoy a delicious brunch, Live Christmas Music, A Large Array of Silent Auction Items, Limited Live Auction Bidding and Santa Pictures for the kiddos! 101 Duntreath Street

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Saturday with SantaThomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W Broadway. Enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and don’t forget your camera for pictures with Santa! Info: 564-1792.  Free!

12:00 – 7:00 pm – The Santa ExperienceToyburg (in Lawrenceburg), 755 W. Broadway, Suite 210, Santa Clause is coming to town!  Join us for this completely FREE event the first two Saturdays in December from noon until 7 pm.  Santa and his elves will be here to visit with each family.  The event includes a visit to the North Pole and Santa’s house, a time for children to write letters to Santa with the help of an elf to then deliver to Santa, and picture time with Santa!  Everyone leaves with a free photo and families are welcome to take as many personal pictures as they’d like.

What makes this experience so unique?  Upon arrival, families sign in for their turn to see Santa.  Then feel free to browse the store while you wait for your name to be called.  No waiting in line!  Families are called to take their trip to see Santa one at a time, so you get a private and unhurried experience to let you and your family create lasting memories.

6:00 – 10:00 pm – Anderson County Chamber Of Commerce Christmas Gala (in Lawrenceburg), Eagle Lake Convention Center, Don’t miss this event! It’s a great way to treat your spouse, family or employees to a great night out on the town. This yearly semi formal event is filled with social hour, annual meeting, dinner and dancing.

Email the Chamber for reservations, to become a sponsor, or if you have any questions! accoc@andersonchamberky.com or 502-839-5564

7:00 pm – Miraculum, A musical journey through the greatest story, The First Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. FREE event, tickets required. Info: 227-7430.

7:00 pm – Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, It’s rumored that there are more spirits at the Distillery than those aging in barrels. You will hear legendary stories and get a look at some of the Distillery’s most haunted areas, including Stony Point Mansion, where it’s been said that the ghost of Col. Blanton still resides. FREE.  Reservations are required for this tour.  113 Great Buffalo Trace, Reservations: 696-5926

7:30 pm – Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Play”, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street. Tickets: $15 and $12. Info:  352-7469.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Kentucky Coffeetree CafeThe Ridgewood Boys, 235 W Broadway St, Ridgewood Boys every Sunday

2:00 pm – Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Play”, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street. Tickets: $15 and $12. Info:  352-7469.

6:00 pm – Miraculum, A musical journey through the greatest story, The First Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. FREE event, tickets required. Info: 227-7430.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Plaza Grill and Deli, Now Open For Breakfast! 6:00-11:00 a.m. and serving lunch, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., located inside the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson. Tina Emerick and the entire culinary team welcome you to see the new restaurant and try the great new menu! Info: www.capitalplazaky.com. 10%OFF for Government Employees, Active and Retired Military and Seniors 65+!

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6:00 – 9:30 pm – Defensive Driving Class, American Red Cross, This class is especially important for people who drive Red Cross vehicles (including ERV’s).  You may even get a discount on your personal car insurance.  You must pre-register and you can pay at the door.  It will be $10 per person.  If you are a registered Red Cross volunteer, it will be free.  Call 502-223-1795 or 800-578-4904 to register. 318 Washington St, Frankfort

8:00 – 11:30 pm – The Brick AlleyKaraoke/DJ hosted by Tony and Meagan, 325 St. Clair. Info: 875-2559

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Fire and Ice: Featuring new ceramics by Laura Ross and paintings and monotypes of the Inside Passage of Alaska by Ellen Glasgow. at Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St. On display December 3- December 31st, Tuesday- Saturday, Info: 223-2649

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Cornerstone Art & Events Gallery, 100 E Broadway, will reopen for lunch and  special events beginning December 10th.  The Hours for lunch are 11-3,  Tuesday through Friday.  Serving paninis, salads, soups,  desserts and daily specials.  Everything is homemade.  You can call (502) 352-2400 or visit www.cornerstoneartgallery.org for more information.

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses To Avoid When Dealing With a Disaster, Webinar, Business Continuity Strategies Offered at Free SBA/Agility Webinar

 What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a disaster?  Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood, or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of the crisis can make or break your small business.

Get tips on how to avoid the costly mistakes that could put the safety of your clients and your organization at risk at a free webinar hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, December 10.  True stories about business owners’ pre-disaster missteps, plans not followed and errors made-as well as what they learned during the recovery phase, will be discussed. 

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.  

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster

 Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/625471417

Running group.  Departing from Downtown.  Contact Linda for more info at forword@fewpb.net.

Karaoke, 8:30-11:30 p.m. at The Brick Alley, 325 St. Clair. Info: 875-2559.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Open House, 75th Anniversary Celebration, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, December 13, at the Kentucky Employee’s Credit Union (KECU),100 Moore Dr. Refreshments served and guests will receive a small birthday gift. Info: 564-5597.

“Our Beloved Ghost” Tours of Liberty Hall, 202 Wilkinson St,  A tour by candlelight of Frankfort’s most famous “haunted” house, Friday, December 13. Guests will  learn about Liberty Hall’s beloved ghost,”The Gray Lady”, and explore her origins and legacy. The origins of other “haunting” stories from the 217 year-old mansion will also  fill the night. The newly-opened “Gray  Lady’s” bedroom will be included  in the tour. $10/person, limited to 20  participants for each tour. Guests must be 12 years or older to participate. Info: Visit Liberty  Hall Historic Site on Facebook or call 502-227-2560

Kids’ Activity: Old-Fashioned Ornaments, Children ages 4-12 are invited to make late 19th century-style Christmas ornaments, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 14, at the Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St. $5/child. Space is limited, reservations recommended. Info: 227-2560.

Mastering the Mysteries of Play, Saturday, December  14, Will teach parents of children ages 3-11  skills to help their  children grow in emotional intelligence and  decrease behavioral  problems at IDEALS for Families and Communities, 306 W Main St., 5th floor. Visit http://idealscounseling.org/workshops/ for more information and registration. Also, see the new blog post on helping children through transitions like divorce at http://idealscounseling.org/blog/.

Capital City Rumble, Twelve high school teams, (7) from KY competing against schools from OH and VA. Game times 12:00 noon, 1:45 p.m., 3:00, 5:15, 7:00 and 8:45.  Adults $10, Students and Seniors $5. Saturday, December 14, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St. Info: 564-5335.

The Nutcracker, presented by the Frankfort School of Ballet, Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. AND 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair. $10/general admission, $15/preferred seating. (Tickets can be purchased at The Grand Theatre Box Office, December 2 – 13, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) Info: 226-6443.

KELTRICITY with the Chattering Magpies presents “Yule Ya’ll” Sunday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the Frankfort Women’s Club, 200 Washington St. $15 adult/$8 children 12 & under (at the door only, limited seating). Traditional and little heard carols, ancient dance tunes from the British Isles and elsewhere, The Chattering Magpies add their mixture of harp, whistle and dulcimer music. Info: 696-6410.